Is it the starter?

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posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:04 AM
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My car takes a couple try to start up. Some times it starts on the first and other times I have to keep cranking it. It does not make a noise when turning the key.




posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:08 AM
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Could be the battery dying, or your alternator belt could be fudged.

I'd guess the alternator to be honest, but you could try charging the battery at home first.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:11 AM
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Holy crap there's alot of missing details, Infi8nity.

Like for instance, what make and model of car is it?
What's the mileage? How did it start and when is the last maintenance done?

If you can tell me those things, it'd be a great start...



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posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:13 AM
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How long has it been since your last tune up? By the sound of it you're not getting good fire to your plugs.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:17 AM
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The torqueadoodle is shot
Could be a scam on the bindlerotor
Maybe the headlight fluid is low.
Your wallet is too fat.

But seriously, before you start throwing parts at it, check all your wiring connections between the battery and starter. clean your ground connections. Then recharge the battery.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:18 AM
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It could be a host of different things...

Depends on if it's a newer, fuel injected car or a choke driven carburetor.
Could be bad gasoline, a clogged fuel filter, bad MAF or MAP sensor...
The list goes on for miles.

That's why other information is important before diagnosing problems online.





posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:18 AM
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Yeah, LOTS of missing data. Since you can crank it over and it does start, I would assume that it is more a fuel or ignition problem. Fuel pump? Newer cars will give you headaches for any number of reasons.

Make, model, year? You can get a diagnostic at most shops these days and I don't think it is all that expensive, but I'm not the expert. I'm sure other ATSers would know.

Electrical stuff - always check the battery first before you assume "alternator" or anything else. That is the biggest mistake people make and waste a lot of money chasing down a $50 problem.



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posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:18 AM
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Fuel pump? I've just had mine replaced. It wouldn't start the first time, gradually got worse until it wouldn't start at all. Turned out to be a fuel pump.

Like another poster stated, not much detail means it's hard to diagnose. You're better off getting a mechanic you can trust have a butchers at it anyway.
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posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:18 AM
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Do you hear a clacking noise from the engine bay when you turn the key? It could be a solenoid problem.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:22 AM
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I actually won't take a stab at it unless there are more details.
That's like shooting in the dark.

So, Infin8ty...if you want my personal opinion, I need a few more details.

I have a moderate level of experience in all things automotive.
Electrical, fuel, carbs, drivetrain...you name it.






posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:41 AM
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if it is hard to start ... then ignition components should be checked first.
clean or replace cap, rotor, and spark plugs. [points ?
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if nothing is happening on the first few trys ... then it's probably your batery terminals are corroded and need cleaning,

more details?
nah, i love these guessing games.
computerhelp forum is even funner.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:42 AM
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I see Flatcoat mentioned the solenoid, so I would also add the voltage regulator. Also have you checked all of your fuses? Depending on the year model have you tried the fuel pump reset button (usually hiding in the trunk off to one side)? Lots of possibilities without knowing what kind of car it is.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:42 AM
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As everyone else suggests, check the battery connections first. Especially check if the negative terminal is tight and no corrosion build up. If so clean them.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:44 AM
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Originally posted by Dispo
Could be the battery dying, or your alternator belt could be fudged.

I'd guess the alternator to be honest, but you could try charging the battery at home first.


I know its not the battery, radio works every time.
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posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:45 AM
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Originally posted by havok
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Holy crap there's alot of missing details, bud.

Like for instance, what make and model of car is it?
What's the mileage? How did it start and when is the last maintenance done?

If you can tell me those things, it'd be a great start...





Sry about that, its not my car. Its a 2002 corolla.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:47 AM
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Originally posted by Beartracker16
The torqueadoodle is shot
Could be a scam on the bindlerotor
Maybe the headlight fluid is low.
Your wallet is too fat.

But seriously, before you start throwing parts at it, check all your wiring connections between the battery and starter. clean your ground connections. Then recharge the battery.


I all ready replaced the wiring. It did not look to good.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 11:57 AM
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Well, there's a start.

Since it's a 2002 Toyota Corolla, I'd imagine it has a few miles on it.
So, the "not always starting right up" thing could be a few different items.
Do you have a CEL coming on?
Check Engine Light...

When's the last time its been tuned up?
New spark plugs, wires and ignition coil?
New air filter?
Not saying these are the problems, but it tells me about maintenance.

Sluggish starts always happen in colder weather too.
But the car does start, so that's a good thing.






posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 12:06 PM
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The next time your engine wont turn over get someone to continue turning the ignition, and using the shaft of a hammer tap firmly on the starer solenoid which is usually located on top of the starter motor which you would normally find situated at the top of the clutch bellhousing. If the starter motor engages when you do this that indicates that the starter motor solenoid needs to be replaced. Otherwise refer to the previous posts wiring/battery terminals etc.



posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 12:06 PM
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I'm only going to post once more about this topic.

Make sure the connections to the battery are not loose.
Make sure any CEL's are fixed and properly diagnosed.
Check the spark plugs for abnormal colors, and replace as necessary.
Make sure to replace the spark plug wires if needed, and ignition coil too.
There's a host of other things todo so I'd search the internet for more solutions.
Also, tighten the gas cap...sometimes the car loses fuel pressure and can't regulate properly.

The more intricate things, like taking off the throttle body and cleaning it, or checking for proper spark at each plug, are reserved for more detail orientated people like mechanics, or me for instance.
You can check for vacuum leaks too, because they cause gremlins in cars...

If you don't know how to do any of these things, I highly recommend taking to someone who does.
Keeping your car running is of utmost importance I'm sure.



Hope something helped.




posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 01:11 PM
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Originally posted by havok
I'm only going to post once more about this topic.

Make sure the connections to the battery are not loose.
Make sure any CEL's are fixed and properly diagnosed.
Check the spark plugs for abnormal colors, and replace as necessary.
Make sure to replace the spark plug wires if needed, and ignition coil too.
There's a host of other things todo so I'd search the internet for more solutions.
Also, tighten the gas cap...sometimes the car loses fuel pressure and can't regulate properly.

The more intricate things, like taking off the throttle body and cleaning it, or checking for proper spark at each plug, are reserved for more detail orientated people like mechanics, or me for instance.
You can check for vacuum leaks too, because they cause gremlins in cars...

If you don't know how to do any of these things, I highly recommend taking to someone who does.
Keeping your car running is of utmost importance I'm sure.



Hope something helped.



Thanks, im going to take it to auto zone and get a diagnostics before i do any thing.





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